So long as a daughter of Thelatimos's line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated.
The Lightbringer's prophecy was upheld for generations by the Queens of Skala... until the mad, Queen Agnalain was overthrown by her son, Erius. His would be a bloody reign. King Erius lived in dread of the prophecy and began killing off his female relatives to safeguard his power. Then plague, drought and famine spread throughout Skala. When Erius's sister gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, the wizard lya knows what she must do. But she is forced to seek the help of a hill witch, outcast as a necromancer, to perform the abominable ceremony that will seal the fate of the newborns, joining them one to the other in a supernatural bond.